Are you wondering about the differences between ATO myTax and Etax.com.au?
Etax.com.au is different to the Australian Taxation Office’s myTax system in many important ways:
- ATO myTax is a system that you access online. You’re on your own using myTax. You add all of your private details and tax claims to the Federal Government’s myGov/myTax database – nobody helps you get a better refund and nobody helps you avoid trouble.
- Etax.com.au is a true online tax agent service – you can do your secure tax return anytime, anywhere, even on mobile. There’s live support and we’re on your side, with degree-qualified accountants who check and review your return before it is lodged with the ATO.
- Etax.com.au saves you time and provides useful information:
- Deduction reminders based on your occupation,
- See last year’s items to help you remember what to claim*,
- Improved auto-prefill (Etax checks ATO data to help ensure your return is trouble-free later on),
- Fast section selector – so you can skip the bits you don’t need,
- Tax refund calculator updates every time you add information to your tax return, plus
- Help and support along the way, from qualified accountants.
- Using myTax, you are on your own dealing with the Government’s taxation office about your tax issues. At Etax.com.au, our accountants will talk to the ATO for you and help resolve any issues.
- History: Etax Accountants launched Etax.com.au in August 1998 and we’ve been Australia’s favourite online tax agent service ever since. Later, the Australian Tax Office (ATO) released their software named ATO e-tax, and in 2016 that was replaced by myTax.
- Etax.com.au includes checking and advice from one of the biggest tax agents in Australia… with affordable, tax-deductible fees.
- Etax.com.au support is aimed at improving YOUR refund and helping steer clear of ATO trouble or delays with your tax refund. The goals of the ATO’s myTax project are not clear, aside from being ‘free’.
Did you know…
The ATO says 74% of Australians lodge their tax returns with a registered tax agent rather than using myTax—for good reasons.
The Australian Taxation Office released statistics to the media in 2016:
Is myTax free? Well, sort of. The ATO spends millions of taxpayer dollars on marketing, PR, advertising, media consultants, staff and project costs, trying to make myTax more popular. Australians all pay for it, one way or another. Why does the Government do that? Remember, the ATO’s job is to collect tax revenue, not to maximise your tax refund.
The job of a tax agent like Etax.com.au is to help maximise your refund and help you avoid problems that can delay your refund or lead to strife for you with the ATO. And tax agents’ fees are all tax-deductible.
Some taxpayers believe that by going direct to the ATO they are saving money. Our experience is that people who lodge directly often miss important deductions and offsets that could save them money. The effect, over the years, could mean less money in your pocket.
Missed deductions can add up. Different reports have shown that, over time, people who self-prepare their taxes using ATO systems pay around $1000 more tax than those who use qualified accountants like Etax. More interesting numbers direct from the ATO:
- 38% of tax payers donated to charity and claimed the donation as a deduction.
- 65% of all tax payers claim some type of work related expenses.
Do you remember all of your deductions at tax time? Etax.com.au works hard to help you remember items you can claim and help you get the tax refund you deserve. Click here to see some of the ways Etax can make your tax return better in 2016.
A tax agent like Etax.com.au is working on YOUR side, to help find more items to claim, boost your refund and avoid ATO problems.
Etax.com.au is a registered tax agent practice and a member of Certified Practicing Accountants Australia (CPA Australia). All tax return reviews and support are handled by degree-qualified accountants employed inside Australia – different to many organisations (including the ATO), nothing at Etax is “out-sourced” to different companies.
Your Etax return could be finished in less than 15 minutes.
- Just complete what you can,
- finish the signing details, then
- an accountant will take it from there and help you get the best refund possible.
Your tax agent fees are tax deductible.
There has never been a better time to do your tax return at Etax.com.au. We look forward to working with you this tax season!
* Returning users can clearly see the items they claimed last year plus the details they entered last year.